About Me

Hi and a warm welcome to my blog. My little place in the cyber crafting world. I'm Elaine and I'm 42 years old and married to the most amazing man I could wish for. My passion is all forms of crafting and I'm extremely lucky to be on the design teams for Leonie Pujol and Toni of Darroch at stamps by me limited . I also do a bit of demo work for stix2 anything and I love it. I've recently retrained after being made redundant to become a Teaching Assistant which is a very rewarding job. Well I hope you like what you see on my blog. I'm always grateful for people taking a peek and leaving messages x

Wednesday, 30 April 2014


A late post !
Hi peeps a rather late post from me tonight with a card I made using a saturated canary stamp called Alice,and the amazing papers & embellishments from the wonderful Botanical Tea collection by G45. I have stamped onto watercolour card and used distress pens to colour her in. 

Colouring I am still trying to improve lol.
Thanks for looking , I'm now off to bed. Take care xxx

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lunagirl moonbeams

Hello to all the lovely people in cyber land. Today is a new challenge at fan-tastic tuesday. This weeks sponsor is lunagirl moonbeam 

My DT piece :

The theme is floral. I have used a saturated canary stamp that my lovely craft friend Maria got me. Its so cute !
Hope everyone is having lots of crafty fun, My back is a little better so I have been managing to get some craft done & I have really enjoyed what I have made. 
Well all from me as me & Maria are off to crafty bunch in Telford for craft club ! I love it.
Take care, big hugs xx

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eclectic Ellapu

Hello & hope everyone is having a great weekend. Today Im sharing my card for Eclectic Ellapu, theme for the pinks is
Feeling fruity and purple team is birthday.

My DT card

I have used fancy pants paper & tag ( the fantastic Christine Emberson sent them )
And also used clearly besotted superstar stamps & matching dies. Along with clearly besotted word stamp. Think its quite a funky card. 
Some of you may have noticed in my sidebar that I am going to do a blog candy when I reach 50 followers ! Im currently putting it together and when I go on honeymoon in June I will be purchasing things from there to add to it. So spread the word and once again thanks for stopping by, 
Hugs Elaine xx

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Craft buddies challenge #2

Good evening to all the lovely crafters in blogland. Today is challenge No2 between myself and the lovely Maria over at http://mollynpv.blogspot.co.uk
She chose the theme of  Tim Holtz...
So out came big box of stash of Tim 
goodies - reserved for special makes only !
So what did I make ?
Here it is

Yep I made a tag book using Ranger Black 
Tags, Tim Holtz stencils, inks & paints, 
Idea-ology, mini tags and mini Tim Holtz stamps
that we got from the workshop we were lucky 
enough to go to last year with the great man 
himself. Hope that you all like it. Thanks very much
for visiting, I thank each and everyone of you.
Have a fab weekend xxx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Hello & sorry this is late, I'm currently in cumbria dosed up on painkillers putting the finishing touches to the wedding & paying all the bills. This is the last time we are up here until a couple of days before. The hotel has had some gorgeous refurbishments ! Ive popped on a couple of pictures.....,
The view from the car on the driveway.
Restaurant area
And one of the suites !
Im so excited I could burst, sorry to be a bore.
Anyway i popped on for this weeks fan-tastic tuesday card and here it is......
All done with a corner stamp. 

Have fun & hugs to everyone that pops by xx


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hobbycutz DT

Happy Easter to everyone, hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. Ive not been up to much as still got some serious pain from my slipped disk, I'm praying & hoping it starts to ease before the wedding & honeymoon. I cant sit for to long so not been making much. Or I'm making cards inbetween sitting, standing & lying down lol
So a new challenge at Hobbycutz which is clean & simple. I have used one of Kobies wooden embellishments, painted it green with distress paint , added hobby house flowers & clearly besotted word die & matching stamp. Hope it fits the bill.

Take care , have fun & eat chocolate.I declined my easter egg ( wedding dress to get into ) and had a mini sewing machine instead !!! 
Big hugs Elaine x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Buddies blog challenge #1

So myself and my crafting best buddy have come up with an idea to challenge ourselves each week to use up our ever increasing stash. So each Saturday a theme will be set and we then post it to our blogs in the evening...........we are not allowed to show it to each other until it appears on our blogs.
So if you want to look at my buddies blog go Here
The theme I set for this week was YELLOW tones,
Heres my card

I have used yellow patterned paper that I stamped onto using the large script stamp from Stampin up. I then used spellbinders venetian accents masks, edge and matching tag. Finished with a clearly besotted word stamp "friend" as this one is for you maria. Hope you like it ive had great fun.
Have a superb Easter, big hugs xxx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Shall I or shan't I

I made this card to enter into the new challenge over at Clearly besotted- I was a little undecided ! I love how it turned out but is it more summer than spring but, Spring is when I buy strawberries regular as they just start to come into season, I use them in fruit salads, eton mess and in yoghurt. I love them ! So I do hope you like my card.

I used clearly besotted word stamp, heart punch and flower punch for the stalk and put little dots to make them look like strawberries. The basket is spellbinders.
Thanks for stopping by I really do appreciate it. Have a fantastic good friday xxxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hobby house challenge

Hello, tonight I am sharing a another card I'm entering into the hobby house challenge which is use a new topper again I have chosen Elisabeth bell. You can enter here Hobby house
So heres my entry

I have used the gorgeous Graphic 45 paper 'secret garden', some beautiful hobby house brown flowers, lace, g45 key and a little word die from clearly besotted. Love the pre coloured toppers so quick and easy to use. Hope this inspires you to enter. Thanks for stopping by and hello to my newest follower jo bear. Big hugs from Elaine xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dt card

Hello & wow isn't the weather gorgeous at the moment !
So Tuesday again and challenge time again over at Fan-tastic tuesday. The theme is anything goes and sponsored by lacy sunshine

I used one of the fab digi stamps, hope you like it. 

Have a super evening 
Hugs and huge thanks for stopping by 
Elaine xx


Monday, 14 April 2014

Quick tag

Its a beautiful day, and I have managed to make a quick tag. 

I have used a ranger Manilla tag, distress paints, honeycomb embossing folder, spellbinders flower, prima butterfly and a few other bits & pieces. I love how the background turned out but the picture doesn't do it justice. Right must dash as Im seeing the osteopath to try and sort my back out - the wedding is less than 9 wks away !!
Have a good day, thanks to everyone for the support on my little blog, take care xxxx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

By the sea

Tonight I am sharing a large tag I made from recycled packaging from graphic 45. I have used the collection "by the sea" this has been my favourite release so far. I layered papers, fussy cut and added a miniature bottle top and glass vial filled with blue beads. A couple of chipboard pieces and then I spritzed with blue perfect pearls to finish 

So enjoyed making this, hope you like what I have made. Thanks for looking & big hugs to you all xxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Its Tuesday - already

Afternoon bloggers, today im sharing a card I made for my DT on fan-tastic tuesday. I have used my lovely new die from spellbinders, typewriter and a huge bargain at only £6.25. I pre-ordered mine from the fabulous Christine Emberson from her hope & chances website. She stocks lots of lovely goodies. I also used my clearly besotted stamps. 
We are sponsored this week by paper pretties with a anything goes theme, hop over and join in - you could be the winner.
I went to the chiropractor today who has told me its not a quick fix to get me sorted !!!! But he has massaged me and given me some do's and dont's. well hope you like todays offering. Thanks for looking it truly does make blogging worthwhile xxx

Monday, 7 April 2014

New toppers

It's Monday the weather is dull, it's my day off & with a bad back I can't play my usual Monday badminton ! But instead I thought I would join in with this months hobby house challenge you can enter   Here . The theme is use a new topper. I chose Elisabeth bell topper which are fab.

I also used some of the lovely hobby house flowers & my new clearly besotted word dies. Hope you like it. Have a great day whatever you are doing, thanks for stopping by xxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hobbycutz DT

Good evening, 
I have another card to show you today and its Team 1's turn over at Hobbycutz. The theme is Flora & Fauna and is sponsored by crafty Sentiments. 
Because of my bad back I haven't been able to craft very much and only making 1 simple card at a time. So my apologies to Kobie & the team for not colouring an image.
I do like the simplicity of this card though and think I will give this to friends who have just purchased their 1st home together. 

The wooden fence is from hobbycutz and the sentiment is from clearly besotted. Hope you like it, have a fab evening xxxx


Eclectic challenge

Good morning ( just about ). Its an easter theme or one for the boys over at Eclectic ellapu. I have made a very simple card for my other half. The pocket on the front is for his iTunes gift card as he has given up chocolate until the wedding. Idon't  think he will last that long. He might not be eating chocolate but I'm having to buy cakes and things without it in to still feed his sweet tooth lol.

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my back. I do appreciate it, especially when I feel a bit down. But onwards & upwards as they say. Hope you are all having a great day.

Love Elaine x

P.s please pop over and take look at the fab DT work 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Bad luck

Well it seems I have been hit with a bit of bad luck 10 weeks before I get married - a slipped disk !
I have had a bit of a bad back for around 18 months, suddenly a few weeks ago I got really bad pains in my buttock & leg, pins and needles which I thought would pass. When I couldn't stand it anymore I went to the Docs, and in 2 weeks I had an MRI and my results which were a slipped disk. Not much they can do ! Not the best news for my upcoming wedding and then my honeymoon to Florida ! Oh well it could be worse, 
It has though affected my ability to sit crafting, i have been trying to sit & do quick cards. And heres one of them using clearly besotted stamps again.

Hope you like it. Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for looking xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Hello & so sorry Im a day late with this post ! It should of been yesterday but Im not sure that my brain, ( or lack of one ) realised it was Tuesday yesterday. Today I even think its Thursday !!!
Anyway it was a new challenge over at Fan-tastic Tuesday the sponsor is bugaboo stamps & the theme is patterned paper. Well I had to use my favourite company graphic 45, i made a square twisted easel card. 

Hope you like it & have a great day. 
Big hugs Elaine xxxx